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    Smile Look a horse in its mouth

    What's the meaning of "Look a horse in its mouth"?
    Is it different from "Look a horse gift in its mouth"?

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    Re: Look a horse in its mouth

    One looks in the mouth of a horse to determine its age before buying it (IIRC).

    If you were given a horse and you wanted to look in its mouth first it would indicate you were not satisfied with the gift.

    We say "don't look a gift-horse in the mouth" for this reason. The expression applies to anything one receives for free -- not just horses :)

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